Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Eli: Giants can still win the NFC East
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning still thinks the winless Giants have a shot at capturing the NFC East.
“Yeah, because it’s wide open and obviously we’re two games back right now. Obviously we’ve got to play better football and do those things, but we still feel that we can get hot,” Manning said Tuesday.
At this point, the Giants (0-5) have nowhere to go but up. So does Manning.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP leads the NFL with 12 interceptions. He has just three wins in his past 13 starts.
“I don’t know my stats,” Manning replied when asked if he’s had this rough a stretch in his career. “I don’t look at them from year to year.”
Still, Manning understands all the criticism that’s come his way.
“I know what situation we’re in and I’m not pleased with it,” he said. “I’m not happy with our performances and so I know we’ve got to fix them. We’ve got to play better. That’s what we expect of ourselves and that’s what the fans expect.”
Manning is not the only reason the Giants have not gotten a W this season. They currently rank next-to-last behind Pittsburgh in both sacks (5 to 4) and rushing yards (284 to 232). The fewest points the Giants have surrendered in a game in 2013? Try 31.
This Thursday in Chicago, Manning will not have the services of starting running back David Wilson (neck). And with Andre Brown still on the shelf, the Giants are down to Brandon Jacobs (who didn’t have a job at the beginning of the season) and Da'Rel Scott (who went from starter to being cut to being re-signed).
“We have Brandon and signed Da'Rel back, so we have guys who have played and have done some good things for us. We should be fine,” Manning said.
Manning was asked if this current losing streak has been embarrassing.
“It’s tough. We lost games and I think it’s a tough situation, but we’re fighting through them. You’re trying to get better, to make improvements. It is what it is and the only way to fix it is to get back to work and try to get better,” he said.
Manning hopes a short week will be just what the Giants need to get their season going in the right direction.
“Yeah. I think just to get your mind off of it and just get focused back on a game. You don’t have two days to dwell on over the last game and so you just get back to work,” he said.